Just Checking In

I was waiting to give a weight update because I was really hoping I’d be under 300 pounds this week. But…..I’m not………yet.

Before I tell you my latest weight, first I wanna tell you about the exercise I’ve been doing. As you know, I joined jazzercise a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d go to class more than once a week, but I love it so much that I made time to go. I went to jazzercise class Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday morning the past 2 weeks.

I’m really proud of myself for getting up early and going to workout on Tuesdays, which is the only day that I could sleep in because I don’t have to work until 10:15. But, I enjoy the exercise so I make myself get up early anyways.

Ok now back to my weight. My latest weight is 300.4. A half of a freaking pound is all I need to lose to hit my goal of being under 300! I have been stuck on 300.4 since Saturday (5 days). So when Tuesday came around, I was pumped to go to jazzercise because I thought it would for sure get me under 300. Unfortunately we had a substitute instructor who needed to be somewhere so we had a short class. But she also changed it up and we did toning and sculpting. NO cardio. I was totally bummed!

Needless to say, the next morning I weighed myself and I was at 303.6. Muscles may be nice and all, but I’ve got a goal to hit, so that toning and sculpting class annoyed me a little.

Today, I weighed in at 301.6. I guess the muscle mass is going down so we’ll see if I can get under 300 pounds this week.

One thing I learned about myself this week in relation to exercise is that if I don’t get up early and exercise in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it. Also I learned that I really need that push of going to a class and having someone show me or tell me what to do. If left alone to exercise, I never burn nearly as many calories as I do when I’m being instructed. The final thing I learned about myself in relation to exercise is that I enjoy it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jazzercise.

Well, I better go ahead and get to bed. I didn’t make the best choices today food-wise so I’m attempting to get up and go to the 5:30 AM jazzercise class tomorrow morning. Goodnight!

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Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Oats Recipe

I am not sure when my love for lemon poppyseed came about. I DO know that I remember when I was younger, my sister and I would get to pick out which flavor of muffin mix we wanted when we’d go to the grocery store. I think my sister almost always picked out the strawberry one. I of course didn’t want to get the same flavor, so I got either chocolate or lemon poppyseed.

I loved the lemon poppyseed muffins because..
1. They tasted like lemon without the sourness. And 2. I heard that if you ate a lot of them, they’d make you show up as positive on a drug test.

To a young middle school girl like myself, I thought that was pretty cool. 🙂

Now, I like the lemon poppyseed combo just for the fact that it’s delicious! I think just about anything can be flavored lemon poppyseed. I actually remember one of the first recipes I made off of Pinterest was lemon poppyseed pancakes. Seriously yum!

With all of that being said, I created lemon poppyseed overnight oats. I tend to find one thing I love, then eat it everyday for a few days, and then forget about it until I crave it again. That’s exactly what I did with this overnight oats recipe. I had it for a week straight for breakfast a couple months ago, then forgot about it. Now, I’m bringing it back and lucky for you, I’m sharing my recipe with you!

Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Oats

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk)
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs poppy-seeds (I like mine really poppy’d)
1 tbs PB2
1/2 tsp lemon extract (or more if needed)
2 squirts stevia extract (or use sweetener of choice to sweeten to your liking)

Mix everything together in a bowl or cup. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir well in the morning. Add more milk if it’s too thick for you. Then eat.

I think the secret ingredient in this recipe is the PB2. It doesn’t really give it a peanut butter flavor, but it ties everything together and I think gives it that “muffin-like” feel that I associate with lemon poppyseed.

This recipe comes in at 300 calories, or 320 if you use skim milk instead of almond milk. It’s a perfect breakfast for me, especially since its so easy to grab and go. I hope you’ll try this recipe out for yourself!

The Dreaded Plateau

I seem to have hit a plateau in my weight loss. My doctor mentioned this would happen. He said that after losing some weight, your body would have to get used to your new weight, and kind of “catch up.”

I last weighed in on March 5th and was 324.9 pounds. I weighed again on March 10th and was 324.8 pounds. Since it was only a 0.1 pound difference, I decided to weight myself again the next morning. On the 11th, I still weighed 324.8 pounds. Determined to see some weight loss, I weighed again this morning. It was 325.9. I gained a pound!

I don’t normally weigh myself 3 days in a row, but since I wasn’t seeing any change, I felt compelled to weigh in every morning.

I can’t help but feel a little discouraged about this. In the beginning, my eating habits were boring and simple. I wasn’t using a lot of sauces or flavorings. I eventually started adding low calorie sauces or broths or spices to flavor the food I was eating because it had gotten extremely boring. (There’s only so much plain chicken you can eat before you get bored!)

I have also been putting everything I eat into a daily calorie tracker. I have stayed relatively consistent with my calorie intake being between 1800-1900 calories a day.

I’ve also been consistently working out twice a week. In the beginning, I wasn’t working out at all.

I feel a little lost right now. I’m wondering if I should go back to the boring, simple foods I was eating early on such as grilled chicken, brown rice, and steamed broccoli. I have been having a lot of fun making healthy foods and making them taste good by experimenting with different flavors, but is this why I’m not losing weight?

I’m also wondering if the answer to getting over this plateau is to workout more often. I work some long days during the week, and I’m usually tired and hungry after I get home, but maybe I should be getting in more exercise.

I know what the doctor said about there being a plateau, but I guess I never imagined it would affect me this way. I’m trying not to feel down, but I am. I just feel like I’ve worked so hard this past 3 months, and I don’t want to stop, because I have so much further to go in my journey.